by: Zulfiqar Ali Khan
Hunza, August 08: The youth of Karimabad and Hyderabad villages have staged a violent protest against irregular load shedding and regular electricity breakdown that they said were hurting their livelihoods and daily life.
The violent protesters damaged the generator room and glasses of some of the rooms of the Hotel owned by Mir Ghazanfar Ali Khan, Chief Executive Northern Areas. The youth also pelted stones on and manhandled the officials present at the electricity complaint office, Karimabad.
The protest erupted from Hyderabad around 10 pm due to irregular electric cuts and was later joined by youth from the Karimabad village, as well. The protesters shouted slogans against the Chief Executive and the Northern Areas Power and Works Department (NAPWD), blaming them for the upto 18 hours of electricity cuts, a day. They protestors said that Chief Executive and other influential people have special lines while the common people remain deprived of electricity, for weeks.
The local police later on detained about 10 protestors, most of them students. After interference of community notables the police after some time released the detained youth.
It is here to mention that despite of large potential of hydral-power generation, Hunza is suffering from worst electricity crisis.